31-Jan-2012 Metro Theatre, Sydney
January 28, 2012
Supports: Lynchmada, Contrive
Review by Sam Radojcin
Pix by Aaron Saye
Ever since the Cavalera brothers reunited in 2007, Australian fans have been waiting for their chance to be inflikted in the flesh. Good things come to those who wait and off the back of their Big Day Out 2012 appearances, the band was up for a few side shows and judging by the people lining up out the front of Sydney’s Metro Theatre, the demand was there.
Opening the evening’s proceedings were Melbourne’s Contrive. Known as a band people love to hate for some reason, they got a surprisingly positive reception for their progressive metal stylings. They made solid use of their set time by concentrating mostly on latest effort The Meaning Unseen that many seemed to know. However, it was welcome to hear them dust off an old track or two such as the air-guitar inciting Divided. While the Haug brothers concentrated on their respective instruments, bassist Paul Stahlmann was a ball of energy, constantly moving around the stage and getting the crowd going. For once, everything seemed to fall into place for Contrive.
As the room started to fill, Gold Coast’s Lynchmada delivered a musical barrage akin to the Cavaleras'. In turn, the crowd were very receptive to their groove/metalcore, inciting plenty of head-banging and a moshpit or two. Singer Joel Harris knows how to work the crowd and it seemed that he and the rest of the band were ecstatic to be there. The set was heavy on cuts from their latest album To The Earth like "Burial Ground", "White Water Born" and the uber-groove of "Earth I Walk". With little doubt, they walked away with a few new fans after that set.
About this time, the Metro was starting to fill with people ranging those who probably weren’t even born when the Cavalera brothers last toured Australia together in Sepultura, to those who were proudly sporting Sepultura or Soulfly shirts from back in the day. Yet when the lights went down, everyone was there for the same thing - to see Cavalera Conspiracy in full force. As they launched into "Warlord", the place went absolutely bananas with a violently flowing moshpit that stretched from wall to wall and kept going until the very end. There was plenty of material from both albums represented in the set: "Inflikted", "The Doom of All Fires", "Killing Inside" with its ballsy and heavy riff that drove the pit with violent ferocity, and "Black Ark", featuring Max’s son Ritchie on guest vocals. The material comes across far better and even heavier in the live format. As good as the Cavalera Conspiracy material is, many were waiting for them to bust out some Sepultura and they did not disappoint, the thrash salvo of "Arise/Dead Embryonic Cells", "Innerself" and "Troops of Doom" among them. "Territory" had Contrive's Paul Haug wearing a smile like a Cheshire cat guesting on vocals. The encore of "Roots Bloody Roots" nearly blew the roof off the Metro and sent the crowd insane. Honestly, if you didn’t know, you could have sworn it was Sepultura up there. Max looks in better shape than the last Soulfly tour and that showed in his performance, Igor was flawless on the drums and Marc Rizzo and Johny Chow are fine musicians in their own right as they performed the material as if it was their own; maybe even better than Andreas Kisser and Paulo Jr ever did. At the end, the brothers hugged as a sign of unity to the delight of the crowd.
It had been a quite a wait to see the Cavalera Conspiracy in Australia and they did not let the crowd down once throughout their 75-minute set. Even if the reunion never happens, Sepultura is a name that matters and the spirit truly lies within the Cavalera brothers and company. It would have been very hard to find someone in that crowd who was disappointed with this show.
Intro / Warlord
Refuse / Resist
Arise / Dead Embryonic Cells
Doom Of All Fires
Troops Of Doom
I Speak Hate
Roots Bloody Roots
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